Reading this survey of works by English environmental artist Goldsworthy is a moving experience. An original who deserves to be as well-known as Christo, Goldsworthy digs mysterious holes into soil and peat or into mounds and orbs made of slate slabs. In Japan, he fashions maple leaves into flaming, sun-like patterns; at the North Pole, he erects huge circles out of bricks of snow. His sand tunnels, leaf-lattices and mazes of horse chestnut stalks are gentle interventions into nature that create new relationships between ourselves and nature. Along with ephemeral sculptures is his creation of such major majestic earthworks as Seven Spires , a brace of clustered pines soaring like a tall pyramid in a forest. Friedman, director of the Leeds City Art Gallery in England, has assembled Goldsworthy's lyrical photographs of his own works plus interviews and essays by 10 contributors, among them an ecologist, an art historian, several curators and novelist John Fowles. (Oct.)
We were awed by Andy Goldsworthy's magical organic sculptures several years ago upon publication of his "A Collaboration with Nature" (1990), and we're just as uplifted now by the experience of reading this retrospective volume and studying its startling photographs. Goldsworthy makes impossibly delicate structures out of leaves, sticks, stones, ice, and mud. Many of his creations are ephemeral, at the mercy of wind and rain, and he's even made spontaneous sculptures that can exist only in photographs, such as the patterns that occur when he tosses armfuls of leaves up against the sky or whomps the surface of a river with a large branch to create rainbows. He fashions both fragile, small-scale objects and immense earthworks, constructions as simple as a circle of twigs or as complex as huge cones of stacked slate. This collection of photographs, both by the artist and of him at work, essays, artist's statements, and interviews, including one by the British author John Fowles, extends our understanding of Goldsworthy's images, inspirations, and magical processes.